What is Borax Anyway?
Borax has been around forever, or so it seems. So why are we just now hearing about it? It is resurfacing because it’s a great way keep your home clean and pest free while saving money. It’s all natural, too. All of this makes 20 Mule Team Borax a MUST have in our home. We can do SO many things with it.
But what IS it? It’s a naturally occurring substance that comes from the evaporation of seasonal lakes. 20 Mule Team Borax is taken from the ground, washed, dried and boxed up just for you. It’s 100% natural and 99.5% pure.
You may think of Borax from all the Pinterest posts about making your own laundry detergent. I make my own as well, but keep it in powder form. It works great and smells fantastic! But did you know that it is also found in health & beauty items as well as building materials, ceramic and even medicines? It’s EVERYWHERE!!
20 Mule Team Borax comes from California where one of the world’s largest deposits was discovered in 1913.
Absolutely nothing is added. No phosphates, per-oxside, chlorine, or other additive chemicals.
Important note: Keep 20 Mule Team Borax out of reach of children. We also recommend labeling any containers containing 20 Mule Team Borax solutions to identify the contents.
How I Use Borax
First and foremost, I use it to make laundry detergent. It’s so simple and easy. 1 cup of 20 Mule Team Borax, 1 cup of washing soda (not baking soda) and one laundry bar soap (i grate mine into flakes). That’s is! Combine in an airtight container and use 1-2 tablespoons per load. It lasts forever and is super inexpensive. Plus…it works!!
I also add it to my dishwasher once or twice a week. I just sprinkle about 1/4 cup of Borax in the bottom of the dishwasher and let it run as usual. This seems to help keep any greasy buildup to a minimum. This means a clear drain and better running dishwasher.
Borax is also great pest control! Sprinkle it behind your outlets and along baseboards (if you don’t have kids or dogs that might ingest it) and other places that roaches might inhabit and they will be no more! Mixed with sugar and left on a dish, ants will ingest it and die. They can’t tell the difference between the borax and the sugar. I’ve been told it deters mice, too! Sprinkle along walls and in nooks and crannies for mouse prevention. Sprinkle it on mattresses and carpets (let sit for an hour or so) and then vacuum thoroughly to get rid of bed bugs and fleas!
Back to cleaning…it’s great for dishes and laundry but what about general cleaning? I keep a spray bottle full of a mix of 1/2 cup Borax, 1 cup white vinegar and the rest water. I use hot water to dissolve the borax and just give it all a gentle shake to mix well. It’s a great all purpose cleaner. If you use a scouring powder in the kitchen, try this – mix equal parts borax and baking soda and scrub away!! You can add a drop of essential oil to personalize the scent.
Make a paste with 1 cup water and 1/2 cup borax for a great stain remover. If you add about 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to that same mixture, you can remove rust! Apply the paste to clothing, fabrics and carpets and rub gently. Allow it to stand for a bit then wash or clean as usual.
Since it’s great for cutting grease and killing odors, all of these applications can be used for pet stains, baby stains and more. Just remember to thoroughly rinse vacuum, etc to remove the powder or residue when children or pets will be present.
How Do You Use Borax?
Do you have something I didn’t mention? A great use that the world needs to know? Leave me a comment and share your favorite uses for Borax!